NAACP Ushers in New Era as New President, Board Sworn In (video)

By Eric DeFreeuw

January 24, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – After their initial election results were thrown out and a second election was held in December, the Fort Wayne NAACP swore in its newest board members, and its newest President tonight.

Reverend Dr. Saharra Bledsoe spoke of a nine point platform she hoped would help build upon the NAACP's need to form a unified community. But in order to build a platform for it all to stand on, she stressed the importance of communication amongst the members.

Bledsoe says she wants to create an openness that allows members to discuss what they hope to get out of the NAACP. And in return she hopes they give back to the organization as well.

"I plan to have a number of community meetings where people will actually have a chance to meet not only myself but the various committees,” Bledsoe says, “and at those meetings we are asking them to come with any questions, suggestions, issues, even solutions that they may have for the problems that we face here in our fair city and across this nation."

She hopes she can serve as an inspiration to people to want to come together.

One of her biggest selling points was academic achievement in the black community. She wants to see initiatives put in place to help area high school students strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. Some ideas include a promotion of academic achievement, establishing a youth scholarship program, even one day developing a local college chapter of the NAACP.




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